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February 13th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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What is your age in Mathematics ?

Personally I started showing interest in Mathematics 6 months ago when I participated in an integration contest and won it . After that I felt that I may have a talent in the field so I started reading more and was more active in forums ...

What about you ?
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February 13th, 2013, 11:52 PM   #2
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I started mathematics about 2 year ago when I (accidentally) saw a chapter of the book containing the quadratic formula. I got interested in theory of equation and started to read about elliptic curves and galois theory. I joined this forum about 1 year ago.
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February 14th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #3
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Mine is quite humble: always loved maths plus kinda always found it easy enough,
(I'm talking High School), got over 90% in the "Senior Matriculation Exams" in
Algebra, Geometry and Trig.
"Senior Matric" was back then (late 59's, early 60's) a province-wide grade 13 exam; now abolished.
No further education.
Then stayed away, worked at same job from 1961 to 2001, retired, went back to maths...
So forgive me if there are modern "symbols" I've never heard about :P

Btw, I have 2 triangles to my credit(!):
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HeronianTriangle.html
(scroll to bottom)

Plus my own "number":
http://oeis.org/search?q=borris+number& ... &go=Search
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Impressive, Mr. Borris . Quite impressive!
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I started studying math about ten years ago. I don't consider myself to be extraordinarily talented, but I do enjoy it.
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February 14th, 2013, 08:34 AM   #6
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Impressive, Mr. Borris...
I was brought up on a farm, eastern Ontario; name is Irish:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borris,_County_Carlow

Mother was French...and the boss! She sent us to French School up to grade 8;
imagine the fun the French kids had with our last name!
Then, got lucky and went to English H S.

Here: (read all about it!)

KISHSH
======
I head down to the basement (can't smoke upstairs no more), drop in my
lazy-boy, and start wandering all over the cosmos, when suddenly my
little v.c.r. up there clicks on and I land somewhere in 1951.

In the red farmhouse, on that 100-acre dirt farm, Bredalbane Road, some
2 miles from Dalkeith, Ontario (population 117 including the cats and
dogs), 5 miles south of Vanleek-Hill: leave Dalkeith heading toward
Vanleek-Hill and 2 miles later you'll hit Bredalbane Road; turn right
and it's the 2nd farm on your left.

I'm 10, Remi is 9, Anthime is 7 (he's never forgiven Dad for picking this
name, after his good friend and drinking buddy Dr.Anthime Lanthier, the
local veterinarian), Robert is 6. There's 3 sisters: Marie-Paule is 4,
Monique is 2, Odette 7 months...but they're a pain, and ugleee, and built
real weird.

It's Sunday. We're back home from an hour and a half high mass (Father
Ouimet was in a grouchy mood), and we 4 boys are starved. Up at 6.
Go get the cows. No breakfast: communion.

We can hardly wait. Sunday noon meal is special. No salted pork or brown
sugar syrup. We saw Mom bake this big beautiful white cake with maple
icing, and we love that beef-cube stew: it takes a good 6 slices of heavy
home-made bread to soak up the gravy. Then, lick our plates ready for the
cake. Try and eat slow so it lasts. Then, the treat of all treats: a glass
of dark Kik-Cola. Yes, Dad bought a jumbo size bottle after mass...along
with his own treat: a pack of ready-made Export plain...no rolling of
Zig-Zag tobacco with Vogue cigarette paper today. At Perrier's General
Store; it's a widely known secret that Hector Perrier lets you in his store
on Sundays through the back door. And you can get a 2-ounce-shotglass
of sloe-gin: 10 cents.

My godparents are "mon oncle" Freddy and "ma tante" Marie-Laure, pronounced
Marlore. They got 2 sons, Lionel and Yvon. Lionel is 16, too old to play
with us. Yvon is 11, a year older than me and he speaks English real good:
goes to Public School while we go to French Separate School.

With our cowboy belts we made out of leftover harness and our revolvers we
carved out of cedar using the big kitchen knife, the 4 of us leave for
Yvon's. Don't take that long: down Bredalbane Road, then turn left heading
toward Dalkeith, the 3rd farm. I'm hoping real hard I'll be the sheriff
today...it's always him...he's the oldest. Well, maybe he'll give me a
chance today.

Everything's ready. He's wearing his real cowboy belt (all complete with
studded holster and cap revolver), from Woolworth's in Hawkesbury. Us 4
would sell our souls for one of those. The money box (ma tante's green
wooden jewelry box) is on the veranda, ready to be stolen. And the sign
"Dawson City Jail" is hanging on the side of the empty hen house. "Happy
Trails To You" by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans is playing full blast from
the crank gramophone.

The sheriff's badge is next to the money box. Yvon picks it up and pins
it to his shirt. I hate him. He takes a disdainful look at our belts,
then (as always) picks Robert to be his deputy..."I'll take the youngest
to give you a chance and because I'm better" he says, and again I end up
the leader of the bad guys.

But before we start, he calls a special meeting. He's been to the movies
in Hawkesbury last night, and "The City Of Bad Men" was on. He explains,
in his good English, which we half understand, that we are no longer to
yell "POW" when we shoot, but "KISHSH" as the guns sounded in the movie.

Anthime: Wat if oui forgette an say "POW"?
Yvon : Then it don't count...only "KISHSH" counts.
Remi : Ow you say dat again?
Yvon : "KISHSH!". "KISHSH!". "KISHSH!". You get 2 minutes to practice.

I ride up with my 2 partners. We sneak up behind the sheriff and his
deputy. Anthime's tied his kerchief too high above his nose, kinda half
covering his eyes, so he trips. Luckily, the sheriff hears nothing. I
mean-look him into lowering that kerchief. All set. It's Remi's turn to
do the talking: "hands up, bottle de ketchup".

Yvon turns around, exasperated. He shakes his head. "No, no. It's "reach
for the sky". Start over, geeeez". Robert agrees with him by looking at
us disdainful-like. He's gonna get it on the way home.

"Reech for de sky!" yells Remi. No resistance...Yvon knows he'll get us
later. He keeps a John Wayne cool. Robert tries to imitate him. We steal
the money box. Then we knock out the sheriff and his deputy: that's for
getaway time. Again, no resistance. We're careful to stop the butt of our
guns about an inch from Yvon's head during the knock-out-scene. Yes, you
guessed it: in Robert's case, we're not so careful. But he don't complain
...he's the deputy.

Same old story. We escape, hide. They come to after counting to 100. Yvon
never misses. We do. "You missed, but I won't". Now, Remi, Anthime and
Robert are dead. It's all between us 2. I've never won. But this time, I
have a chance: found a brand new hiding place, never been used before.
Yvon rides in the vicinity, all confidence, chewing on a blade of grass.

Hey, he's only a couple o'yards from me...I've finally got him. I aim
carefully. I shoot him: "POW,POW!!". He's dead.
"Don't count! Don't count! "POW" don't count!" yells Yvon. And before I
can move, he pulls the classic "roll on the ground and come up shooting"
and lets go with a resounding "KISHSH!!". I'm dead.

My little v.c.r. up there clicks off and I'm back in my lazy-boy, covered
with ashes, the Player's filter burning my fingers.
Denis Borris.
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February 14th, 2013, 09:59 AM   #7
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Can I encourage you to sign up for an account at the OEIS? It would let you submit new sequences as you thought of them, as well as suggest changes to entries as needed (your own or others').
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February 15th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #8
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Re: What is your age in Mathematics ?

I've done well at times in math, poorly at times, but mostly had little education outside of statistics and economics (both required for an MBA) beyond 11th grade. But I have always been fascinated by certain aspects of math, especially number theory. I just don't yet have the time to devote as much attention to it as I would like, but would love to follow Denis Borris's career path! (Interesting stuff at Wolfram and OEIS, btw!)
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Can I encourage you to sign up for an account at the OEIS?
Thanks CR. Did that already, about a year ago.
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Ah, good for you, I hadn't noticed.

Let me know if you submit anything.
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